Erica stood up by her breakfast date

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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City Centre Youth Hostel, Shanghai

Flag of China  , Shanghai,
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Got up at six so E could have a shower before her breakfast. (Forgot to mention the electrician in our room the night before said not to touch the lightswitches, at least he pointed and started making karate movements).

Erica went down to meet the man (everyone else stayed in bed as he clearly said meet at 7am). At 6.45 I had people knocking in the door, I quickly ran downstairs to find Erica had tried to check out and therefore people were trying to get into the rooms to check them. The man hadn't turned up.

I went for a walk over the road down the river for 10 minutes and watched the Tai Chi and old people in the communal exercise areas (lots of machines a bit like a kids playground that you can (gently) exercise on, its used mainly by old people.

Rories room fluched the loo straight onto the floor and didn't stop pumping water all night so I think that hostels are probably better.

The man simply didnt arrive, we tried to speak to the receptionist at 7:40 then a taxi driver came running in shouting go go go. He dropped us at a petrol station and chased us onto the bus. This bus was to take us to Wuhan and would take approx 4 hours. More beautiful scenery and Rorie and I used my headphone splitter to settle into a bit of Family Guy.

We arrived in Wuhan absolutely knackered but got a taxi to the train station to see how quickly we could get to Shanghai. Using my now quite exquisite sign language and the symbols in the book we got tickets for a bullet train leaving 3 hours later. More incredible scenery and gobsmacking amount of development the train reached speeds of 252km/hour I wonder how fast it will actually go?

We found the symbols for internet and quickly got directed to another (gaming) internet cafe across the square, we managed to get two computers to try and find accommodation and booked a hostel for the evening. We found out the metro would be shut so needed to write down the nearest metro stop for a taxi. Clearly the drivers dont understand a word we say so I broke the other three into stitches by trying to get the man to write the symbols for a certain train station. I did this by trying to copy the symbols myself, a piece of paper that will probably end up being framed as it was hilarious. Anyway we couldn't get the man to write anything so headed over to get on the bullet train (via McDonalds).

After about a 6 or 7 hour train ride we arrived in Shanghai and got the driver to understand to take us to the metro, we found the hostel on the way there and stayed up playing pool until about 1am, which was stupid considering just how tired we were. This really symbolises the next phase of the chinese journey. The last few days have been brilliant but exhausting and I can barely even bring myself to comment how much it has cost. I think the boat was 38 pound each, buses probably cost another 20 - 30, and trains probably another 40 or 50, the hotel was probably another 15. Budget? What budget?  I just hope Steve doesn't find out we are intended to rent out his bathroom to some immigrants, sell his car and turn his house into a he-whoring / Stevo strip club where I can do my act, in a hope to get ourselves back on track with any form of budget. Still though a 3 or 4 day cruise would have cost hundreds of pounds more and we saw the best bits I think a longer tour would have been an unnecessary prolongation.

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